Princess Week–Really?

by Kelly O’Connor Salomon There I was, happily eating my yogurt and going through the fliers in the Sunday paper. Then, as I was looking through the Target flier, I saw that it was Princess Week. I nearly swallowed my tongue. I was raised on Disney movies; let me say that up front. However, as […]

I Rarely Do This

I Rarely Do This

by Emily Van Duyne Last week, as I flipped through applications for summer student tutors with my unofficial boss in the Writing Center at Stockton, my student popped in to get his graded essay. He’s a really nice kid– tall, handsome, ebullient, smart. A capable, if not gifted, writer. He mentioned to my “boss” that […]

SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

Pittsburgh “Countering Contingency” Conference Offers Hope To Adjunct Activists

Pittsburgh “Countering Contingency” Conference Offers Hope To Adjunct Activists

by Jack Longmate Over the past twenty-five years, U.S. colleges and universities have substantially increased their reliance on part-time and adjunct faculty instruction… The working conditions of part-time faculty members vary widely, but in comparison to their full-time colleagues, the majority of part-time faculty members teach under emphatically substandard conditions. Part-time faculty members are far […]

Why Michael Bérubé Needs Adjuncts To Believe They’re the Victims of Whim & Bad Luck

Why Michael Bérubé Needs Adjuncts To Believe They’re the Victims of Whim & Bad Luck

by P.D. Lesko I have just read the 2011-2012 AAUP salary survey. While the authors of the survey, Saranna Thorton and John Curtis certainly put thought and effort into their report, it represents yet another damning indictment of the AAUP’s failure to push pay parity for its part-time faculty members, some 4,300 faculty, 14 percent […]

How Students React to Violence

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon One of the books in a Popular Fiction class I am teaching is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is read after A Thousand Splendid Suns. This class, more than in the past, students have responded negatively toward Tattoo, complaining that the violence is over the top and gratuitous. At least […]

States, Colleges and Faculty Grapple With The Question of Higher Education & Illegal Immigrants

States, Colleges and Faculty Grapple With The Question of Higher Education & Illegal Immigrants

by Jan Murphy Karina Ambartsoumian wants to go to college but her “statelessness” is putting that out of reach. The 24-year-old “dreamer” is not recognized as a citizen of any country, even though she has lived in Philadelphia for years. Being stateless means she must pay out-of-state or international tuition rates to attend a Pennsylvania […]

Post-Modern Superhero: The Freeway Flyer

Post-Modern Superhero: The Freeway Flyer

By Jenny Ortiz As the Freeway Flyer, I’m realizing just how post-modern my life is—constantly  deconstructing, reconstructing, dissecting, and redeveloping the collage of life experiences to state to my Department Chairs that “I can do that,” and then repeating the same process in order to figure out if I can actually teach the course that […]

Michigan Faculty Union Contract Protects $100K+ Pay For FTers & Cuts Adjunct Pay

Michigan Faculty Union Contract Protects $100K+ Pay For FTers & Cuts Adjunct Pay

In 2010, union President Frederick van Hartesveldt III told Grand Rapids Community College trustees, “We have become GRAC — Grand Rapids Adjunct College.” Van Hartesveldt said the college had about 260 full-time professors, but 940 adjunct instructors. The full-timers covered 4,470 contact hours — time spent before students — while part-timers covered 4,620, about 51 percent. Shortly after speaking […]